THE BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE

A Grand Delusion
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Binding:Hardback
Published:April 1, 2008
By Richard Woodman (Author)

A distinguished British maritime writer, Woodman offers a compelling reassessment of the British and German planning that led to the first and one of the most famous naval battles of World War II. The dramatic sea fight between the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee and the British cruisers Exeter, Ajax, and Achilles off the coast of South America in December 1939 is seen as one of the classics of naval warfare. Woodman argues that the long-accepted interpretation of events is ripe for closer scrutiny and reevaluation. Using eyewitness accounts, he graphically reconstructs the daylong battle and pursuit and draws penetrating portraits of the battle's opposing commanders. This important new work is certain to become the subject of close study and debate.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Hardback : 160 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (April 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1591140404
  • ISBN-13: 9781591140405
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 16.8 oz

Richard Woodman, the well known seaman and writer, is an Elder Brethren of Trinity House, and is perhaps best known for his Nathaniel Drinkwater series of historical naval novels. He has written a considerable body of naval history including acclaimed studies of the Arctic and Malta convoys of the Second World War.

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